The best time to visit Niagara Falls is June to August. Summer is peak season, and with good reason: Average highs rest in the low 80s. Mists and breezes from the waterfalls can make the area feel cooler. You'll spend more money and face more crowds, but visiting in summer will allow you take full advantage of the weather and attractions. Plus, the free Discover Niagara Shuttle is in full operation during the summer season, making it easy to get from one attraction to another. Spring and fall welcome fewer tourists thanks to the plummeting temps, but there are a few advantages to each season. Fall constitutes harvest season at local wineries, while spring's warming temperatures usher in colorful blooms at the botanical gardens. Winter sees below-freezing temperatures, causing many attractions, such as the Maid of the Mist boat tours, to shut down. However, the frigid climate does drive down hotel rates.
While the image of frozen ice pales in comparison to that of a gushing waterfall, visiting Niagara Falls in the winter is quite pleasant. It's actually one of the best times to visit if you can handle frigid temperatures.
U.S. Citizens returning to the U.S. after visiting Niagara Falls Canada are required to provide a US passport, passport card or an enhanced drivers license at the inspection checkpoint. NO EXCEPTIONS! Click here for more information.
The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (BUF) is approximately 30 miles from the park and is easily accessible from the New York State Thruway (I-90).
Wheelchairs are available upon request, on a first-come first-serve basis, at the Visitor Center. They are free, but extremely limited. If you have one, then we recommend that you bring it along. Strollers are not available within the park.
There are four gift shops within Niagara Falls State Park that carry officially licensed park souvenirs and merchandise, conveniently located near major attractions. All in-park shops carry a full line of quality souvenirs, including apparel, glassware, gifts and books, as well as last-minute necessities, such as batteries, sunglasses and umbrellas. Or, you can also choose to shop at our online store. For more information about all of our gift shops, visit our Niagara Falls shop.
There are no ATM machines within the park. Banking services can be found just outside Niagara Falls State Park, within walking distance in downtown Niagara Falls, USA.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited in Niagara Falls State Park. In Niagara Falls State Park, (per FAA rule 14 CFR 93 Sub E), there is a flight restriction in the vicinity of Niagara Falls State Park that amounts to a No Fly Zone. All flights below 3,500 feet are restricted.
Yes. Permits are required for commercial shoots for film or still photography.